This is something that is extremely frustrating to me. I am by no means dismissing the seriousness of these events. Not in the least. However, the media blows these events so out of proportion that the public doesn't see the real story. It's absolute sensationalism. There are several emergency landings in this country every day. Or as they should be called, precautionary landings. But we don't hear about those for one of two reasons. 1 -the media somehow never got wind of it, or, 2 - nobody died. It's a morbid thing to say but it's true. The media focuses on the potential "terrifing events", and "the publics right to know". Why don't they focus on why airplanes DON'T crash? Educate them on back up systems and crew experience. Just because you are flying on an aircraft with a mechnical problem doesn't mean you are given an automatic death sentence. Emphasize that, yes, there are many emergency landings. But they end safely because of all the safety features. Do something constructive with information.
Yes, when they happen, crashes are tragic. But the media is hypnotized with the tragedy and the number of people killed. Is it any less tragic when one or two people are killed an a car crash? In some years, more poeple die in automobile accidents in one year, than U.S. soldiers died during the entire Vietnam campaign. You don't hear about those people very often, do you?